Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck is once again delving into the world of class struggles. In 2001, he offered Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle. Now, he's pulling together a film on Commie icon Karl Marx. However, instead of an over-all view, or a romantic sliver as is hot right now, Peck is looking to chronicle the philosopher's young life -- from 1830-1848, from age 12 to 30. This span will allow the auteur to cover notable pieces of Marx's youth, including growing up surrounded by intellectuals, his time as a Young Hegelian, his love for Jenny von Westphalen (his aristocratic wife), meeting Friedrich Engels and the publishing of the Communist Manifesto.

The movie will be an English language feature with, obviously, young actors, and producer Jacques Bidou says that Peck "very definitely wants to make this film for a wide public." A huge production for Paris' JBA productions, the Haitian director has scored a $20 million budget. The current plan is to film next February in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, with plans for it to be all edited and ready to go by the end of the year -- 2008. The script is currently in its final stages, under the pens of Peck and Pascal Bonitzer (their last collaboration was Lumumba), and they hope to have a first draft ready for Cannes. I'm not quite sure who I'd cast as the famous Manifesto man, so who would you suggest?
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